16 Year Old Brit Makes History By Being Sacked Through FacebookMarch 25, 2010
Technology. Don’t you just love it? It enables us to contact people from all parts of the world in an instant, whether by email, text, or social networking sites. We don’t have to be face-to-face to connect and we don’t need to wait for a carrier pigeon to bring a message from a loved one. We can be anyone or anything we like in cyberspace and it’s all fine and dandy. That’s the upside. But here’s the downside: because we don’t need to be face-to-face anymore to communicate, people are increasingly dumping and being dumped by email or text. A teenager here in Blighty has achieved an unenviable first. She’s the first person to be sacked by Facebook. How cold is that?
As reported in the Metro paper this week, 16 year old Chelsea Taylor found she was sacked from her £3.55 an hour job at a café called Cookies in Manchester through Facebook. Her crime was to lose the £10 she was given to buy biscuits. She offered to pay it back, but it clearly wasn’t enough to rectify the mistake, as she found a badly spelt message telling her she was fired when she logged on to Facebook that evening. Class. As you’d expect, the café declined to comment, possibly because, oh, I don’t know, they wouldn’t be able to justify themselves. By all means sack the girl if you felt she’d fallen short of your high expectations, but at least show some standards of your own. As it is, the story has made the papers and the reputation of the café is not looking too good right now. This sorry tale shows that Facebook is not the tool for every occasion.
Bet they wish they’d told her face-to-face now.